We Choose Art presents Shades of Water at The Montalban

We Choose Art presents Shades of Water at The Montalban

We Choose Art: Shades of Water

The Montalban in Hollywood

SHADES OF WATER will run through November 16th – January 31st.

We Choose Art presents Shades of Water, an exhibition honoring the vitality of water in the current landscape. With climate change and the pollution of oceans at the forefront of modern environmental challenges, Shades of Water, curated by Baha H. Danesh, is highly prescient. As urgent as it is beautiful, the exhibition features painting, sculpture, photography, fiber works, and installation art in a show paired with an annual Toy Drive held by We Choose Art, benefitting MEND Poverty.

Opening Friday, November 16th at the Montalban Mezz Gallery in Hollywood, the group show documents images of water and its importance, expanding upon and encouraging conversation on both climate change and sustainable energy.

Featured artists include Amabelle Aguiluz, Barbara A. Thomason, CanLove, Chenhung Chen, Daggi Wallace, Eric Minh Swenson, Felís Stella, Joan Scheibel, Joelle Cooperrider, Karen Hochman Brown, Kellie Walker, Kristine Schomaker, Margaret Hyde, Rebecca Laws, Scott Froschauer, Susan Poms Amorde, and Winston M. Secrest.

From ArtSlant Showcase award winner Joan Scheibel’s contemporary abstract work to the contemporary realism of pastel artist Daggi Wallace, and the sculptural work of Scott Froschauer, a wide array of fresh, vibrant artwork awaits attendees. Chenhung Chen’s found and mixed media sculptures and wall art often employ copper wire and electric cords. Working in video and photography, Eric Minh Swenson’s art seeks to immerse viewers in powerful images. Photographic, installation, and mixed media artist Kristine Schomaker displays a lush abstract painting; sculptor and installation artist Susan Poms Amorde’s offers an exciting mixed media work; and the swirling kaleidoscopic patterns of Karen Hochman Brown are all among the cutting-edge art to be displayed at the exhibition.

The students of Birmingham Community Charter High School in Van Nuys will present eco-friendly art and their entry in Heinekin’s Green Bottle Design Challenge.

Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door; for more information email: ShadesOfWaterExhibit@gmail.com

All tickets include one complimentary drink before 8 p.m.

Guests are strongly encouraged to bring a toy for the MEND Poverty benefit toy drive.

About We Choose Art

WE CHOOSE ART is a collaborative community built by artists who want to inspire the future. Helmed by Baha H. Danesh, the group’s mission is to globally document a vibrant and artistic culture.

For more information visit http://www.WeChooseArt.com

About the Montalban Mezz Gallery

The Montalban Mezz Gallery has created a multidisciplinary platform to consciously inspire tomorrow’s future. Our immersive programming plays a pivotal role within the Los Angeles art community, striving to expand artistic showcases that represent today’s emerging and established art scene. Our initiative is a collaborative artistic community developing multidisciplinary educational showcases for L.A.’s diverse art scene and beyond.

The Montalban Mezz Gallery is located at 1615 Vine St. in Hollywood.

Shades of Water runs November 16th – January 31st.




Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles. For over 14 years she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world. Whether virtual or physical, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence. Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal. Kristine then documents her experiences on her blog. In 2012, exploring ideas of community, Kristine turned a local gallery into a modern day creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920’s with a live mixed-reality dinner party merging the physical world with the online virtual world. Over the summer she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty. Currently, Kristine is working as an Artist-in-Residence through the Linden Endowment for the Arts creating an immersive virtual environment which she is planning to bring into the physical world via sculpture/public art work.

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